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Even with an obvious hole at point guard, the Dallas Mavericks had been blitzing opponents with a gorgeous flowing offense on pace to be the most efficient in league history....(full article)

How fitting that the final home game of the season -- and likely the last time Rex Ryan will roam the Jets' sideline -- is against the team that the coach always has measured him...(full article)

Let’s say you are an executive in your first full season in charge of an N.B.A. team. You did not expect to be good right away and you have relatively few long-term commitment...(full article)

Pats fans need to get past the obvious, which is that the New York Jets are once again a National Football League laugh factory. Yes, the Jets stink. No news bulletin there. The J...(full article)

When Brad Stevens accepted the Celtics’ coaching job in July 2013 — leaving Butler University after leading the school to two national championship games — he w...(full article)

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NBA's Most Pathetic Division

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Cubs Strike Gold, Lure Lester

The Cubs landed the centerpiece of their offseason plans late Tuesday night, beating out the Boston Red Sox to land All-Star left-hander Jon Lester. The Cubs and Lester agre...

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Bill Belichick has won more games than almost any other coach in American professional football history.  As head of the New England Patriots, he has fielded a leading team fo...

Belichick Won't Be a Courtroom Parody

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Plenty Left to Do in Beantown

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Brady Continues to Rise in the Pantheon

When the Patriots take on the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field late tomorrow afternoon, you’ll probably have the same familiar names watching the game with you that you’ve ha...

Two-Minute Masters Finally Matched

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Cubs, Red Sox Can Heat Up Hot Stove League

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A Delicious 1st: Brady Takes on Rodgers

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Yankees Fiddle as Red Sox Burn It Up

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3-Way Trade Would Have 3 Winners

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Pats May Have Answer for Rodgers, Pack

For Green Bay Packers fans, nothing new will come from this statement: Aaron Rodgers is playing high-caliber football. This might come as a shock to supporters of the Green and Gol...

The Vault Is Open in Boston

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Bats in Demand in Free-Agent Market

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Red Sox Still Need More Pitching

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No Secret Boston Seeks Series Success

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Looks Like a Bad Rerun by Red Sox

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Shooting Makes FSU Look Sympathetic

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Red Sox Preparing Another Worst to 1st?

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Need Hype? Nah, Sox Just Need to Be Good

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Patriots Headed to Their Field of Nightmares

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Rosie Ruiz Revisited

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Brady Stands Alone in MVP Debate

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Making Final Four Translates Into Big Payoff

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Manning No Match for Brady (and Friends)

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It's Brady Over Manning by a Smidgen

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Manning Over Brady? Fantasy Football

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Bruins' Cup Chances Suffer Major Blow

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Hang Bears' Problems Around Cutler's Neck

The Chicago Bears, like bears everywhere this time of year, have a choice to make. They can go into hibernation for the winter or they can stand on their hind legs like grizzlies...

Jets' Loss Virtually Ends Rivalry With Pats

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How Brady Almost Became a Jet

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Let's Call It 'Suggestion Sunday'

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Day of Big Returns in Boston

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Game 7 Impossible to Predict

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Strasburg Strikes Out 13 Red Sox

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Celtics Remain Confident in Pierce

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Celtics' Bandwagon Keeps Growing

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Celtics Have Heat on the Edge

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Celtics Need Flashback From Big 3

A friendlier crowd will be waiting with open hearts and hopes, anxious to see if this era can provide one final prideful home stand. If Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce c...

Heat Shouldn't Count Out Celts

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Imbalance of Fouls Puzzles Celts

After last night’s game, Danny Ainge stopped Joe Borgia, the NBA’s officiating supervisor, in an attempt to get an explanation for the clear-path foul call against Mic...

Celtics Must Be Smart with Physicality

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Rondo Must Be Catalyst for Celtics

Rajon Rondo [stats] is often viewed as the Celtics [team stats] catalyst. “Oh man, that’s a lot of pressure,” Rondo said yesterday. But the statement’s spot...

Best for Celtics to Forget Game 6

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Celtics Waste Chance to Control East

If it's true that it's harder to forget the worst losses than it's easier to remember the best victories, then this is one game that Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen -- n...

Celtics Dominate 76ers in the Paint

Paul Pierce [stats], on his way to a 22-point, 11-rebound game, slashed to the basket midway through the fourth quarter last night and spun in a reverse finger roll off the glas...

KG Playing Best Basketball in Years

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Beckett, Red Sox Off Course

Josh Beckett does not do contrition, which is fine. But if he expects Red Sox [team stats] fans not to tee off on him after he tees off on his day off, he’d best do a lot bet...

Welker Can't Beat Patriots

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spent time with teammate Wes Welker last weekend at the Kentucky Derby. Between the schmoozing and excitement of horse racing, Brady sh...

Celtics Fail to Execute in Game 5 Loss

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Critical for Celtics to Close Series

Doc Rivers' late father had three words of advice/encouragement, words that have served the son well in his NBA career as a player and coach. "Finish the race." Doc never did fin...

How Celtics Play Without Rondo

On Jan. 18, Rajon Rondo fell hard on his wrist in a game against the Raptors and missed the next eight games. His injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Celtics,...

Caps, Bruins Familiar with Game 7s

Dale Hunter gushed about it: a Game 7 for the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night at the Boston Bruins with a trip to the second round on the line. “You’ve got to pr...

Capitals Must Rise Above Scrums

“Stuff happens in the playoffs,” Karl Alzner said Wednesday, after the Washington Capitals were done banging the puck around at Kettler Iceplex. Oh yes, stuff does. Lo...

Boston Big Three Was Nearly Split

As the NBA trade deadline lurched into its final hour a month ago, league sources say the call Ray Allen long feared had come: Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers was on the line, tell...

Backstrom Lifts Caps in Double OT

Nicklas Backstrom scored 2:56 into the second overtime Saturday to give the Washington Capitals a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins and tie the first-round playoff series at a g...

Why Bruins Have Chance to Repeat

The Boston Bruins are going to have a chance to defend their title after clinching a spot in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Here is a look at some reasons why the Bruins will be...

Bruins Look Like Desperate Team

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Ainge Keeps Celtics Intact

As the NBA trade deadline was nearing the last couple of weeks, Kevin Garnett would stop Danny Ainge and deliver a simple message. “Don’t trade me for a bag of chips,&r...

Celtics Top Rockets for 5th Straight

Cleveland, Milwaukee, New Jersey and New York — each one an inhabitant of the NBA’s middle earth — fell in grand fashion to the Celtics [team stats]’ post-A...

Celtics' O'Neal Considers Surgery

Jermaine O’Neal is considering a number of options regarding his injured left wrist and season-ending surgery is one of them. O’Neal, who hasn’t played since Feb....

Harvard Set to End Tourney Drought

On a campus filled with future Obamas and Zuckerbergs, the coolest title in Cambridge these days belongs to Brandyn Curry. He's Harvard's starting point guard. While the position ...

Celtics Will Pay If They Trade Rondo

The Celtics have four good players on their roster (KG, Allen, Pierce, Rondo), and only one of them (Rondo) is in his prime. The other three are on the wrong side of 34. Only one...

Celtics Will Pay if They Trade Rondo

The Celtics have four good players on their roster (KG, Allen, Pierce, Rondo), and only one of them (Rondo) is in his prime. The other three are on the wrong side of 34. Only one...

4 Teams in Trouble Amid Short Season

The Pacers have lost six of eight to drop to 18-12, ceding that “feel-good threat to Miami and Chicago” status to Philadelphia and falling to a point where New York, ...

Bulls Make Statement vs. Celtics

With the NBA's best record, the Bulls know they can beat anybody. Still, there are moments in any season where statements must be made. And, having dropped five of their last six ...

Expect 2-Tight End Trend to Take Off

One of the first thoughts that go into the heads of all 30 teams that don't make the Super Bowl is this: "How do we copy what the two teams did to get us there next season?" When...

Rangers Still Beast of the East

Ruslan Fedotenko caught it Tuesday night, sitting in the TD Garden press box in his suit, rising to cheer as his otherworldly Rangers teammate, Henrik Lundqvist, preserved a 3-0 sh...

Pierce Passes Bird on Celtics' Scoring List

Pierce passed Bird with the third quarter’s first shot — a 3-pointer, naturally — and the Celtics briefly flirted with a 20-point lead without quite getting the...

Patriots' Focus Turns to Defense

2011 in a Nutshell: From field level, as well as the catwalk at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday night, I saw Tom Brady feel the pressure in Super Bowl XLVI. The pressure to do a bit to...

Belichick Stands by Bradshaw Tactic

The New England Patriots decided not to contest the winning touchdown in the Super Bowl on Sunday. The Giants almost did not accept the gift. One day after one of the strangest to...

Indy's Lesson: Convenience Vital

I hate to say I told you so, but… Indianapolis knocked it out of the park as host city for Super Bowl XLVI by most accounts…be it NFL executives, fans, corporate typ...

Sterling Catches on Display

Two weeks of polishing the NFL legends of Eli Manning and Tom Brady into modern gunslinger monuments might have seemed prudent for an unprecedented collision of Super Bowl MVPs, ...

M.I.A. Flips Bird at Halftime

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Giants' Coughlin Plans to Return

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Welker: 'I Let the Team Down'

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Gronkowski Not Much of a Factor

No one could blame Tom Brady for his one, foolish heave. All he saw was Rob Gronkowski open and deep. Gronk, the best tight end in football, the 6-foot-6 freak with hands bigger a...

Manning Builds Case for Hall

It's a pretty select club Eli Manning joined here Sunday night. You could almost call it an "elite'' membership to belong to. Quarterbacks with multiple Super Bowl wins have a cac...

Comparing Giants, Pats - Then, Now

Are the 2011 New England Patriots better than the 2007 team that was minutes away from perfection, only to have history taken from them in Super Bowl XLII? How about t...

Brady Eager to Seize Moment

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James, Miller lead Cavaliers over N

CLEVELAND — Mike Miller made his coach look like a genius Friday night.Miller, showing ...

Lillard scores 43 as Blazers beat S

SAN ANTONIO — Damian Lillard scored a career-high 43 points, including 16 after regulation, an...

Raptors hand Pistons 12th straight

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Toronto Raptors felt right at home at the Palace of Auburn Hills on ...

Islanders edge Red Wings 2-1

DETROIT — Anders Lee called it a "garbage" goal.The New York Islanders will take it —...

Walker, Jefferson lead Hornets past

PHILADELPHIA — What Kemba Walker started, Al Jefferson made sure to finish.Walker score...